How Tradie’s Can Make Their Health Their Most Important Tool

August is Tradie’s National Health Month and at Boost Health Collective we are keen to raise awareness of the injury risks posed to “tradie’s” at work.

Why is the preventative treatment so important for tradies?

Physically demanding jobs like trade occupations (including technicians and trade workers, labourers, machine operators and drivers) can lead to and exacerbate injuries. Australia’s trade industry experiences some of the highest rates of injury compared to other workers. Time off work due to injury or poor health not only impacts the tradie and their family, but has a flow on effect to the wider community and economy.

What is the most common injury for tradies?

Back pain is the most common injury experienced by those working in a trade as it is the part of the body that is used for almost all tasks undertaken at work. Other common injuries for tradie’s include:

  • Shoulder injuries related to repetitive reaching and holding of tools
  • Knee injuries related to repetitive bending
  • Ankle sprains related to work on uneven ground

How Physiotherapy can help tradies?

Despite preventative measures, jobs involving manual and repetitive tasks will often lead to aches and pains. These injuries are more likely to occur with rushing at work, improvising with tools or being distracted during tasks. It’s best to see your health professional early before the issue progresses to something more serious.

Your practitioner can advise you on how to manage your work without making the injury worse, while also providing treatment and exercises to aid a quick recovery!

So don’t be a tool, see your practitioner for tips on how to stay healthy and active!

Written by Eliza Hickey, Physiotherapist

What our clients are saying about us

Bree BrittBree Britt
05:41 22 May 24
Mehar was fabulous! Not only was she warm, welcoming and funny, but professional and thorough.From the moment I walked in I felt well supported. She was able to identify what was going on, factoring in older ailments, and provide me with a treatment plan and options.Her focus was on sustainable changes and support moving forward, and I had a written plan and clear explanations and clarifications on everything. I never felt like she was encouraging me to need to come back unnecessarily.It took a few visits, and each time was met with the same warmth and professionalism. I got consistent progress and feel so much better now, even though it's a few months on from when I last saw her.It's very clear she is wonderful at what she does, thinks about the whole person and I would definitely recommend her to others considering needing podiatry support.
Rose StewartRose Stewart
02:32 14 May 24
The whole client therapist experience has been amazing. My Myotherapist provided me with a detailed plan to ensure my progress to meet my goals as well as addressing my issues of pain.Each follow up session is reviewed, discussed and any changes added/deleted or modified.The timely reminders and follow up from the clinic and experience with the Client Experience Officers have been always polite and friendly.
Patrick MonahanPatrick Monahan
00:37 13 May 24
Mehar Sandhu has been an absolute delight. She is very professional in her treatment and most personable and friendly to deal with.
Yolanda OppyYolanda Oppy
03:13 10 May 24
Ezyk ArtistEzyk Artist
00:07 19 Apr 24
I've been coming here exclusively since my first consultation. I've had constant shoulder and arm pain from my line of work; the exercises my physio, Carina provided are easy to remember, not time consuming and super effective!Bonus: the space feels super clean and calming - highly recommend coming here
Natasha KhongNatasha Khong
23:58 22 Mar 24
I had a great experience here. The gym was well equipped and the atmosphere of the clinic was amazing. I had Carina, who was very knowledgeable about my injury and helped construct a great solution plan! Her manner was beautiful and she had great energy. Definitely recommend!
Annabel ChandlerAnnabel Chandler
20:28 14 Mar 24
I’ve been seeing Talia for a few weeks now for treatment on my shoulder bursitis. From day 1 she was great! She explained everything about my condition to me and what she wanted to do which helped me visualise my own recovery. Could not recommend her enough.
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